CRPF loses 2 men in Kash­mir ter­ror at­tack

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Ish­faq-ul-Has­san h_ish­faq@dnain­dia.net

Srinagar: Ter­ror­ists at­tacked a CRPF party, leav­ing two of its men, in­clud­ing an of­fi­cer, dead at Ach­a­bal in south Kash­mir’s Anant­nag dis­trict on Fri­day. Lashkar-eTioba claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack that oc­curred at 11 am when CRPF troops along with Jammu and Kash­mir po­lice were de­ployed on law and or­der du­ties.

Ter­ror­ists opened heavy fire from AK-47 rif­fles, in­jur­ing four peo­ple, in­clud­ing three CRPF men and a civil­ian.

The mar­tyrs were iden­ti­fied as ASI Mishri Lal Meena and con­sta­ble San­deep Ya­dav. The in­jured were shifted to a hospi­tal where an ASI and a con­sta­ble were de­clared dead. The con­di­tion of an­other in­jured CRPF man is stated to be crit­i­cal. Po­lice said those who at­tacked the CRPF party came in a ve­hi­cle.

Soon af­ter the at­tack, re­in­force­ments were rushed to the spot which cor­doned off the area to hunt down the ter­ror­ists who man­aged to es­cape.

In­spec­tor Gen­eral of CRPF (Op­er­a­tions) Zul­fikar Has­san told DNA: “Our men also fired back. Un­for­tu­nately we lost two of our boys.”

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, ter­ror­ists fired at Yari­pora po­lice sta­tion in south Kash­mir’s Kul­gam dis­trict on Fri­day. There was no loss of life in the at­tack. A mas­sive hunt has been launched to nab the ter­ror­ists.

Mean­while, life re­mained paral­ysed in Kash­mir Valley as peo­ple ob­served a har­tal on the call of Joint Re­sis­tance Lead­er­ship (JRL) of separatists. JRL had also called for a march to Mar­tyrs’ Grave­yard to mark the an­niver­sary of the 1931 up­ris­ing.

Mod­er­ate Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence chief Mi­waiz Umar Fa­rooq was de­tained when he de­fied his house de­ten­tion and tried to lead the march to the Mar­tyrs’ Grave­yard.

A to­tal of 21 Kash­miris had been killed by the army of Ma­haraja Hari Singh when J&K was a princely state.

—PTI

Jammu and Kash­mir’s for­mer Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti of­fers flo­ral tribute to the 1931 mar­tyrs in Srinagar on Fri­day

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